2018 Spring Owners Leadership Conference | Omni William Penn | Pittsburgh, PA | May 9-11, 2018

Agenda

Wednesday Breakfast

02

5/9/2018, 8:00 AM - 8:30 AM

Continental Breakfast

 

Conference Kick-off

03

Urban

5/9/2018, 8:30 AM - 8:45 AM

Conference Kick-off

Information Exchange / Transition to Operations (Approved for 2.75 LUs|HSW)

18A01A

Urban

5/9/2018, 8:45 AM - 11:30 AM

Speaker(s): Mike Kenig, Holder Construction Company; Scott Wollenzien , Northwestern Mutual; Donald Conover, Gilbane Consulting – Facility Management Services

BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND:  Open to everyone – but especially geared to Owners who are using BIM platforms to capture and hand off relevant building, systems, and equipment data (or would like to do so) – this moderated discussion focuses on improving the transition from construction to operations, a central concern of most Owners.  A substantial portion of time is dedicated to lessons learned by Owners – particularly how information developed and gathered during design and construction streamlines the closeout process and leads to a more efficient and successful transition to operations.  A short case study will be presented by Northwestern Mutual and Gilbane regarding construction-to-operations turnover processes implemented on one of the largest corporate office construction projects completed in the U.S. last year.

Target Value Delivery: Saying Goodbye to Value Engineering (Approved for 1.25 LU/HSW)

18A01B1

Monongahela

5/9/2018, 8:45 AM - 10:00 AM

Speaker(s): Christian Pikel, The ReAlignment Group, Ltd.

An owner-focused primer of the application of Target Value Delivery and Last Planner System to drive a collaborative/integrated design process.  Target Value Delivery (TVD) aims to break the cycle of Draw-Price-VE-Reprice-Redraw and instead organizes a project team to consider cost, value and constructability as an input to design drawings.  While this is easier said than done, there has been significant momentum in the Lean community to develop the practical application of TVD in a collaborative or integrated team environment, and employ team structure and tools that have been successfully implemented on projects.  Attendees will gain a high-level understanding of how TVD works; what the team and owner requirements for successful application are; and an understanding of first steps to get started.  Additionally, attendees will receive a copy of the book “Target Value Delivery:  A Practitioner’s Guide” published by the Lean Construction Institute.

Who is Going to Build the Future? The Conversation Continues (Approved for 1.25 AIA LU)

18A01B2

Monongahela

5/9/2018, 10:15 AM - 11:30 AM

Speaker(s): Vern Davis, Penn State University; Joe Massaro, Massaro Construction Group; Richard Garland , University of Pittsburgh ; Jeff Nobers, Builders Guild of Western Pennsylvania

As discussed at previous COAA conferences, the workforce challenge continues to demand solutions.  In almost all geographic areas of our country, contractors are struggling to find qualified workers to perform the work and owners are demanding more diversity on their projects.  This problem is compounded as Baby Boomers retire in record numbers and fewer people are entering the industry.   At the same time, millions of youths across the nation are at risk of not achieving economic self-sufficiency as they transition to adulthood.  Please join the conversation as we focus on programs that prepare at-risk youths for construction industry jobs … a career that can promote their well-being and improve their likelihood of becoming independent adults.
 

Networking Lunch with Exhibitors

05

Grand Ballroom

5/9/2018, 11:45 AM - 12:45 AM

Networking Lunch with Exhibitors

Conference Welcome

18ACW

Urban

5/9/2018, 1:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Speaker(s): Mayor Peduto, City of Pittsburgh

Join us for the National Anthem performed by Jeff Jimerson, national anthem singer for the Pittsburgh Penguins for over two decades, a local welcome from Pittsburgh Mayor William Peduto, and remarks by COAA President Gwen Glattes.

What Happens After the Ribbon-Cutting? Why Early and Continuous O&M Staff Engagement Matters (Approved for 1 AIA LU)

18A02

Urban

5/9/2018, 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

Speaker(s): Don Guckert, University of Iowa and APPA

Alternative project delivery, BIM, IPD, Lean, sustainability.  These and other progressive tools are great, but will the fabulous building or renovation you’ve just created still be meeting expectations and needs in 10 years?  Will it hold up, and can it be cost-effectively operated and maintained?  Is it truly energy efficient, or was LEED certification just a box to check and a plaque to hang?  The President-elect of APPA will challenge you to consider these and other questions from the perspective of someone who’s been on both sides of the house.
 

 

Break

Break

5/9/2018, 2:30 PM - 2:45 PM

After the Ribbon Cutting: a Facilitated Discussion of the PDC/O&M Relationship (Approved for 1 AIA LU)

18A03A

Urban

5/9/2018, 2:45 PM - 3:45 PM

Speaker(s): Don Guckert, University of Iowa and APPA ; Howie Ferguson, University of Florida; Dan Bollman, Michigan State University

As a follow-up to Don Guckert’s presentation, this forum will allow for an exchange of ideas and best practices for early and continuous involvement of the O&M staff on capital projects.

From Small Things (Big Things One Day Come): Incremental Process Improvements ((Approved for 1 AIA LU)

18A03B

Monongahela

5/9/2018, 2:45 PM - 3:45 PM

While there are a lot of conversations on disruptive change, the reality is we're all driven to improve what we do and how we do it.  Even the smallest of improvements should be celebrated and are a big part of Owners moving the ball forward.  This workshop will feature breakout sessions led by Owners who've implemented ideas, innovations, and changes with varying degrees of impact.  Be part of a conversation on what's working and what people are trying; make connections to help you learn and grow; and bring home actionable ideas.

Break

Break

5/9/2018, 3:45 PM - 4:00 PM

Who’s Paying For That? (Approved for 1 AIA LU)

18A04A

Urban

5/9/2018, 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Speaker(s): Gifton Passley, Georgia State Financing and Investment Commission; Kate Edwards, The Whiting-Turner Contracting Company

Throughout the life cycle of a project, there will be countless surprises … most of which will cost someone money.  How much time and energy do you waste on a project arguing over which “bucket” should fund the solution?  This session will begin with audience polling on a number of different project scenarios to illustrate differences of opinion as to how the resolution of each scenario should be funded.  Those differences will then be aired and debated through a facilitated discussion, with an ultimate goal of illustrating why front-end planning for – and management of – risks and contingencies is critical.

COAA 101: How COAA Can Make You Smarter, More Attractive, and Possibly Cure the Common Cold

18A04B

Monongahela

5/9/2018, 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Speaker(s): Allison Muth, Texas Children's Hospital; Lucie Castro, Construction Owners Association of America; Jessica Bonin, Holder Construction Company

Whether this is your first national COAA conference or not, you might have questions about the organization and its purpose. Or maybe you know the basics, but would like a deeper dive or wonder how you can plug in and participate. Most importantly, you’d probably like to know how COAA can help you with your day job. If so, this session is for you.


A three-person team (Owner, Associate, Staff) will give an overview of COAA, including the history, vision, and current initiatives … then facilitate an open discussion of what you’d like to hear more about. Come armed only with curiosity and leave empowered with a better understanding of COAA and how you can engage.

Break

Break

5/9/2018, 5:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Opening Night Reception sponsored by Autodesk, Inc.

07

Grand Ballroom

5/9/2018, 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

This great opening night event will feature an open bar and hot hors d’oeuvres. Don't miss this opportunity to kick off the conference by reconnecting with old and new COAA friends.

 

Thursday Breakfast

08

Grand Ballroom

5/10/2018, 7:15 AM - 8:15 AM

Full, hot breakfast

COAA Chapter Best Practices Forum

CBPF

Monongahela

5/10/2018, 7:30 AM - 8:15 AM

Local chapters are critical to the mission of COAA, but the effort required to keep  them fresh, relevant, and successful can be overwhelming. This unstructured discussion is open to chapter leadership, chapter members, owners and associates considering a chapter start-up, and anyone interested in improving the chapter experience. Grab some breakfast and bring your thoughts, your ideas, and lessons learned.

Break

Break

5/10/2018, 8:15 AM - 8:30 AM

Mel Blount: A Legacy of Leadership (Approved for 1 AIA LU)

18A12

Urban

5/10/2018, 8:30 AM - 9:30 AM

Speaker(s): Mel Blount, Pittsburgh Steelers (retired)

Former Pittsburgh Steeler Mel Blount is a four-time Super Bowl Champion and a Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee. While considered one of the best all-time cornerbacks, athletic accolades are not his entire legacy.  Mel has dedicated the past 30+ years to impacting and influencing the lives of young people through two remarkable initiatives:
  • the Mel Blount Youth Home which provides a healthy environment for children to learn, work, play, and develop principles of respect, responsibility, and leadership.
  • the Mel Blount Youth Leadership Initiative which focuses on mentoring, team building, and leadership.
In this keynote address, Mel will discuss the game-changing leadership lessons he’s learned both on and off the field.

Break

Break

5/10/2018, 9:30 AM - 9:45 AM

Prefabrication: Lessons from the Yale Science Building (Approved 1 LU|HSW)

18A13B

Urban

5/10/2018, 9:45 AM - 10:45 AM

Speaker(s): Ryan Broadbin, Dimeo Construction Company ; Shawn Maley, Stantec; Kari Nordström, Yale University

The Yale Science Building, which is slated for completion in late 2019, is a multidisciplinary teaching and research facility that will create a community for scientists and promote faculty/student interaction and collaboration.  Prefabrication is being employed for mechanical, electrical, and plumbing assemblies, and even with construction ongoing, tangible lessons have been learned … lessons applicable to practically any facility type.  See and hear more from Yale University and the project team about prefabrication benefits and best practices; the critical need for early design planning and trade contractor involvement; and considerations of offsite prefabrication.

Progressive Design/Build: Best Practices for Maximizing Value & Collaboration (Approved for 1 LU|HSW)

18A13A

Monongahela

5/10/2018, 9:45 AM - 10:45 AM

Speaker(s): John Baker, Mortenson ; Katie Popolow, The Miller Hull Partnership, LLP ; Steve Harrison, University of Washington

The University of Washington employed a qualifications-based selection process to select a Design/Build team for a $44M utility plant and was thrilled with the results.  Completed in early 2017, the West Campus Utility Plant was delivered in a highly collaborative manner that achieved or exceeded this hands-on Owner’s goals while keeping them fully engaged.  The approach to selection actually laid the groundwork for an interactive and integrated approach to aligning scope and budget, resulting in far greater value than would have been possible with traditional delivery or selection methods.  See and hear tangible lessons learned that can be applied to practically any project or delivery method, including tips for managing the RFQ/RFP process, developing a two-part contract structure, and gathering meaningful stakeholder and trade partner input.
 
 

Break

Break

5/10/2018, 10:45 AM - 11:00 AM

Whatever It Takes: Pfizer’s St. Louis R&D Facility Uses the Whole Toolbox (Approved for 1 AIA LU/HSW)

18A14A

Monongahela

5/10/2018, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Speaker(s): Steve McDaniel, EwingCole ; Kendall Kessler, PFIZER; Rick Moeckel, CLAYCO; Tyler Meyr, Forum Studio

Pfizer’s new research and development facility – which includes more than 200,000 SF of state-of-the-art laboratory space – is being constructed to facilitate R&D and unify the Pfizer population, both physically and culturally, by moving them from five buildings into a single facility.  Not surprisingly, the project team was faced with a host of challenges, including several at the 11th hour.  The team will explain the variety of methods used to overcome these challenges, including:
  • An innovative study of workplace strategy that identified unnecessary program space
  • Design-assist efforts and prefabrication/modularization of lab casework, mechanical, and electrical elements
  • Complete team participation in a value engineering process that maximized quality and project needs while protecting the overall project budget
  • The use of several traditional methods – along with tilt-up construction and panelized curtainwall – to enhance architectural features of the building while also compressing the schedule and maintaining budget

Lean Yes But Leadership, Too (Approved for 1 AIA LU)

18A14B

Urban

5/10/2018, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Speaker(s): Rocco Gallo, Karpinski Engineering; Gina Casalinova, Cleveland Clinic; John Butler, The Whiting-Turner Contracting Company; Bryan Wahl, Bostwick Design Partnership

Cleveland Clinic’s Family Health Center (FHC) in Lakewood, Ohio, is designed to sustain community health and wellness by providing accessible, efficient, and immediate care.  To achieve this mission, the owner coupled strong leadership with Lean principles & tools, including co-location, design assist, component teams, pull planning, A-3 problem solving, and batching.  These tools helped produce significant financial savings without compromising quality, but – as the project team will explain – they aren’t enough to deliver ultimate success.  Lean processes are especially compelling when implemented by leaders who enable the team to commit to value-added processes and who champion a project’s specific conditions of satisfaction.

Lunch & Al Phillips Scholarship Presentation

10

Grand Ballroom

5/10/2018, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Break

Break

5/10/2018, 1:00 PM - 1:15 PM

Improving the Selection Process: Five Things You Can Do TODAY (Approved for 1 AIA LU)

18A15

Urban

5/10/2018, 1:15 PM - 2:15 PM

Speaker(s): Jake Smithwick, University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Selecting the right design and construction partners is inarguably one of the most critical aspects of successful project delivery, but how good is your process and when’s the last time you took a hard look at it?  Researchers at UNC Charlotte examined hundreds of RFPs and selection processes and discovered some common themes amongst projects that end successfully:
  • A simplified selection process
  • Interviews focused on project execution
  • Use of performance metrics
 
Learn more about these findings and walk away with tangible suggestions that can help improve team alignment and project outcomes.

Break

Break sponsored by Rycon Construction

5/10/2018, 2:15 PM - 2:45 PM

Collaborative Approach to a Living Building (Approved for 1 LU|HSW)

18A16B

Monongahela

5/10/2018, 2:45 PM - 3:45 PM

Speaker(s): Patricia Culley, Bohlin Cywinski Jackson; Noah Shaltes, P.J. Dick ; Camila Rivera-Tinsley , Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy

The Frick Environmental Center (FEC) in Pittsburgh opened in September 2016 as the world’s first free and open-to-the-public Living Building Challenge facility after a multi-year design and construction process.  The successful realization of this venture is attributed largely to the early foundations of communication, collaboration, and education forged between the owner/client, design, and construction team.  Join key individuals of the FEC team to understand the transformative process required to balance rigorous project parameters – including public visioning and budget & schedule constraints – with ambitious design and sustainability goals, in the design, construction, and operation of a successful Living Building Challenge project.

A Comprehensive Strategy to Optimize Project Value (Approved for 1 LU|HSW)

18A16A

Urban

5/10/2018, 2:45 PM - 3:45 PM

Speaker(s): Howard Ashcraft, Hanson Bridgett LLP; Dean Reed, DPR Construction

Optimizing project value requires tight integration of building systems, processes, organizations, and information.  Based on experience from 100+ IPD projects, and augmented by project and behavioral research, the presenters will discuss characteristics of traditional project delivery that inhibit high performance.  They will also describe an outcome-based approach, built on The Simple Framework for Integrated Project Delivery, that creates the environment and provides the tools and processes required for project success.  Although an IPD structure is recommended to maximize value, the presenters will also discuss ways to import high performance tenets into other project delivery methods.
 

Break

Break

5/10/2018, 3:45 PM - 4:00 PM

Provo Temple Rises from the Ashes (Approved for 1 LU|HSW)

18A17

Urban

5/10/2018, 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Speaker(s): Jared Doxey , Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

It took 15 years (1883-1898) for pioneer craftsman to complete a Mormon tabernacle in Provo, Utah, but only a few hours for fire to destroy it in December of 2010.  In the early hours following the fire, contractors were able to execute an unprecedented engineering feat to preserve what remained of the tabernacle by creating an innovative lattice structure to stabilize the building.  While a team of architects & preservation experts pored over records of the original facility, the envelope was lightened and strengthened, then supported beneath with steel piers to allow for excavation of a basement … a move that doubled the usable space and allowed the old tabernacle to become a gleaming new temple.  Hear and see the story of a truly amazing project that illustrates what’s possible when skill & experience intersect with vision, a sense of responsibility, and a “can do” spirit of collaboration. Click here to watch in one minute what took five years to build. 

Reception with Exhibitors sponsored by Turner Construction Company

13

Grand Ballroom

5/10/2018, 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM

Reception with Exhibitors

Friday Breakfast

20

Grand Ballroom

5/11/2018, 7:15 AM - 8:15 PM

Breakfast

Associate Member Meeting

18A21

Monongahela

5/11/2018, 7:30 AM - 8:15 AM

COAA Associate members are invited to grab some breakfast and bring it to this meeting to discuss membership benefits, other Associate interests, and ideas for working better with Owners.

Break

Break

5/11/2018, 8:15 AM - 8:30 AM

Actionable Assessment of Project Team Collaboration (Approved for 1 AIA LU)

18A22

Urban

5/11/2018, 8:30 AM - 9:30 AM

Speaker(s): Joe Powell, Institute for Healthcare Infrastructure Research

Today’s successful projects, in any field, stem from the hard work of experts who combine their knowledge and skills to develop innovative approaches to problem-solving.  Collaboration has never been a more valuable commodity, as data shows that groups of individual professionals who successfully integrate their efforts solve problems faster and more effectively while generating fewer unresolved disputes.  Tools have been developed to monitor and adjust team processes, with many still being used today historical in nature.  See and hear about research efforts currently underway – based on organizational behavior, industrial psychology, and behavioral economics – that uses a series of early indicators to accurately monitor team integration; identify and correct issues before they become impactful; and reliably predict project stress. The session will describe the latest research efforts and early findings.

Break

Break

5/11/2018, 9:30 AM - 9:45 AM

Be Kind, Be Truthful, Be Brave: Secrets to a Century-Plus Owner Constructor Partnership (Approved for 1 AIA LU)

18A23A

Monongahela

5/11/2018, 9:45 AM - 10:45 AM

Speaker(s): Jack Mumma, Michigan State University ; Jay Smith, The Christman Company

There aren’t many owner-constructor relationships that last more than a century, but Michigan State University and the Christman Company have been working together since 1908.  During that time, Christman has constructed dozens of buildings on MSU’s campus, and renovated many more.  The key to maintaining this relationship is healthy and respectful communication, and choosing to deal with problems rather than writing each other off.  In this session, representatives of Christman and MSU will discuss some of the watershed moments, and how the partners have built on past success and learned from failures.

Getting the Green Building You Want (Approved for 1 LU|HSW)

18A23B

Urban

5/11/2018, 9:45 AM - 10:45 AM

Speaker(s): Richard Piacentini, Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens; Jason Wirick , Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens; Meghan Scanlon, Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens

Many Owners start with good intentions to build a green building, yet often fail to meet their own high expectations … or fail to define those expectations to begin with.  Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens has built some of the greenest buildings in the world, and has learned to use the various green rating systems to clearly define expectations – a concept that’s scalable for Owners on practically any project type or size.  The Phipps team will review (4) leading standards for green buildings, landscapes, and human health, then illustrate how to use those standards to define expectations & goals for a project before hiring a design team.  The session will include an interactive exercise to help project owners define and prioritize institutional values and learn how to translate those into the appropriate certification system for their unique projects.

Break

Break

5/11/2018, 10:45 AM - 11:00 AM

The Construction Market: Where Is It Headed and What Can We Do About It? (Approved for 1 AIA LU)

18A24

Urban

5/11/2018, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Speaker(s): Alisa Zevin, ENR; Mona Haggag, Continuum Advisory Group

Almost all market sectors in all areas of the country have suffered from post-recession labor shortages, fewer bidders, and rising prices across most trades. What does the future hold and what can we do to position ourselves for success? Hear about the short and long-term outlook from industry professionals; learn how best to monitor economic conditions; and understand how Owners and A/E/C partners can better position their projects to succeed.

Lunch

22

Grand Ballroom

5/11/2018, 12:00 PM - 12:45 PM

Lunch

Owner's Roundtable (Approved for 1 AIA LU)

18A25

Monongahela

5/11/2018, 12:45 PM - 1:45 PM

This purposely unstructured discussion allows for professional-to-professional sharing of information, best practices, and lessons learned. Topics are generally either follow-up points from previous conference sessions or specific questions submitted in advance, but attendees may also spontaneously raise issues that are of particular interest to them.
 
The key to the forum is its participant-driven format, but its true educational benefit stems from the expertise of the attendees themselves. That is, an audience of professionals from around the country allows for an unlimited number of “right answers” to “real-life” queries from fellow owners, designers, contractors, and other project participants.
 

Pittsburgh Pirates v San Francisco Giants at PNC Park (optional activity)

BBG

5/11/2018, 7:05 PM - 10:30 PM

Limited number of tickets available.
Separate purchase required: $22/each

May 11 is free t-shirt night for first 20,000 in the park and $1 hot dog night.